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Signs and Symptoms of Autoimmune Hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis is an autoimmune disease that is found most often in women.  Women are eight times more likely to get the disease than are men.  It occurs most often in young women during adolescence to adulthood.  What distinguishes autoimmune hepatitis from other forms of hepatitis is the presence of autoantibodies.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Autoimmune Hepatitis:

  • Jaundice
  • Enlarged liver
  • Itching
  • Skin lesions
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

A liver transplant may be an option for advanced cases of autoimmune hepatitis.


Diagnosis of Autoimmune Hepatitis

Testing your blood for autoantibodies helps to confirm a diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis.  Sixty percent of patients have a positive autoantibody test.  To confirm a diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis, a liver biopsy is taken, which tests a small sample of liver tissue for the type of hepatitis and the extent of the damage. As well, raised levels of gamma globulin is found in more than eighty percent of patients.


Recommended – Test for Heavy Metals and Mineral Imbalances using Hair Tissue Analysis

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

We suggest getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to help you determine accurately what your body needs more of in terms of essential trace minerals and needs to eliminate in terms of toxic heavy metals and toxic mineral ratios. Toxic mineral ratios and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure can contribute greatly to degenerative conditions like autoimmune hepatitis.

Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and sodium all have important metabolic functions. However, too little or too much of any of these essential minerals can have an adverse affect on the human body and it’s ability to recover.

How can a hair analysis help me achieve better health? If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health.

The dangers of exposure to toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum have been well documented over the years. Levels of heavy metals in the body can only be accurately measured using a hair tissue analysis or a chelation challenge test (which can be expensive and have serious side-effects). Blood or urine tests give information about your metal or mineral levels at the time of the test only.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

A hair analysis provides a biological profile of the past 2 – 3 months of intracellular activity revealing a unique metabolic world, which cannot be seen through most other tests. The hair mineral analysis gives you or your healthcare professional much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and chemical imbalances in your body, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms of any disease or disorder, including autoimmune hepatitis.

For FAQ’s about hair analysis, please click here.

For an overview of what is covered in a comprehensive hair analysis report (by Trace Elements, Inc.), please click here.

Hair Analysis Graph Results 1

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Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Autoimmune Hepatitis

Autoimmune Hepatitis – A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References
ICON Health Publications
Dr. Melissa Palmer’s Guide To Hepatitis and Liver Disease
Melissa Palmer


The Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Autoimmune Hepatitis: A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age
Icon Health Publications
Living Well with Autoimmune Disease: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know
Mary J. Shomon

Autoimmune Hepatitis Resources

General Patient Resources

  • National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC)

Provides information about the triggers, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and complications of autoimmune hepatitis. Includes a list of additional resources

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/autoimmunehep/

  • Hepatitis Central

The latest research & treatment news about Hepatitis C infection, diagnosis, symptoms and treatments.

http://www.hepatitis-central.com/hcv/autoimmune/toc.html

  • Better Medicine . com

Information Including Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, Causes, Videos, Forums, and local community support.

http://www.bettermedicine.com/article/autoimmune-hepatitis-1



Medical Organizations

  • Medscape General Medicine

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1785222/

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, complications, treatment and risk factors of this liver disease.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/autoimmune-hepatitis/DS00676